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ONE MOTHER'S PERSPECTIVE

  • WHO WE ARE-Women did it again. The annual Memorial Day tradition of placing flowers on graves of fallen soldiers was begun by women in the South after the Civil War. Who knew? Who now remembers that it was originally Decoration Day? Or that it is a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who fought for a better future. Memorial Day is a great deal…
  • 453 Days Later...

    Tom Rubin
    OFFENSIVE BUT PROTECTED SPEECH-Welcome news this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. By a vote of 11 to 1, the court overturned its injunction against the controversial video called "Innocence of Muslims" that it had ordered off YouTube back in February 2014. Here's the background. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia (photo below) was…
  • What LA Educators Should Learn From Bell Gardens High School’s Shocking Turnaround

    Jay Mathews
    VOICES FROM THE SQUARE-Bell Gardens High School in east Los Angeles County was a sorry mess when science teacher Liz Lowe arrived in 1989. It was overflowing with trailer classrooms and graffiti. More than 3,000 students crowded into school buildings surrounding a concrete quadrangle with patches of grass and some trees. Expectations were low. Not…
  • The Clean Sweep Election Finally Happened

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD- A few years ago, a group calling itself Clean Sweep argued that the voters of Los Angeles should defeat all the incumbents and replace them with fresh blood. On Tuesday, the results came close. There are two distinct lessons, one of which is quite ominous for elected officials. This election demonstrated the end of voter patience…
  • What Did Tuesday’s LAUSD Election Results Prove?

    Paul Hatfield
    PERSPECTIVE-Did the LAUSD election results signal a change for charter schools? Perhaps. Possibly. Maybe. You can make a decent case that Ref Rodriguez’s victory in District 5 points to strong support for charters. It was a battle between two well-funded candidates with diametrically opposed views on the issue. The effectiveness and fairness of…
  • (Train)ing Ourselves to Confront Modern Mass Transit

    Ken Alpern
    GETTING THERE FROM HERE-It's great to learn that Metro has an excellent new CEO with the hiring of Phillip A. Washington who comes to us from Denver. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Roger Snoble and Art Leahy, Mr. Washington has a first-rate reputation to maintain--but his first job will be to pass Measure R-2. Measure R-2 (perhaps…
  • City Controller’s Grandstanding DWP Audit is the Real Waste of Ratepayer Dollars

    Dennis Zine
    JUST THE FACTS-City Controller Ron Galperin’s Grandstanding DWP Audit results were finally released. Unfortunately, the conclusion and political spin that came afterwards from the controller was misleading. Here are the FACTS: The DWP’s Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute are administered by DWP managers and representatives of the…
  • A Place Where ‘Special Interest’ is NOT a Dirty Word

    Denyse Selesnick
    MY TURN-We need to have a new word to differentiate the villainous “Special Interest” that everyone is always complaining about and the “Special Interest” that almost all of politicians and civic and social activists have adopted as a cause. It is impossible to have passion about multiple issues. I know I have mentioned this before, but it seems…
  • Alert! America’s Small Businesses are Being Screwed by Big Business

    Robert Reich
    THE ECONOMY-Can it be that America’s small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they’re being screwed by big businesses? For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big businesses lobbies. (Photo: small businesses in Studio City) They’ve contributed to the same Republican…

 

  • Can Strawberries Help Fight Cancer?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-There have been a number of studies over the years that could show evidence of strawberries fighting off cancer. Tong Chen lead a study…
  • Study: The Best Way to Quit Smoking … Bet On It

    Francie Diep
    WELLNESS-Oftentimes, money speaks louder than words. Apparently, that aphorism applies to cigarettes too. A new study finds that money incentives…
  • Exercise Can Help Anxiety … Here’s How

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-Statistics show that over 3 million American adults suffer from anxiety and there is no evidence that number will be declining any time…




Memorial Day 2015- Freedom Isn’t Free

J. Cole raps on the Letterman show: “Be Free’

The Star Spangled Banner … like you’ve never heard it before

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

AMNESTY for Red Light Photo Tickets

GUEST WORDS - I join in praising for the Los Angeles City Council for "doing the right thing" in terminating the clearly unfair automated Red Light Photo Program, effective on July 31, 2011.

However, justice will only be served if the City declares an immediate amnesty for all Angelenos left in limbo with pending photo red light tickets . . . No one really understands the legal status of these pending photo tickets, a virtual no man's land.

An amnesty will relieve the uncertainty and anxiety of all Angelenos, who do not know what the consequences might be if they do not pay “pending” photo tickets.  Even though payments have now been characterized by the City as "voluntary,” it is not at all clear what this means.


The City Council has an obligation to protect the public and thus finish the job of shutting down any further implementation of this program.  There are simply too many unknowns, including a potential $476.00 in fines. The unknowns are causing financial and emotional harm to the constituents that Council members were elected to serve and protect.

By enacting an amnesty for all issued photo red light tickets, including those pending in the courts prior to conviction and those ignored in the past, as well as tickets issued between the time of the Council vote and July 31, the City Council will have properly served its constituents.  As an integral part of the amnesty, the City should stop GC Services, Los Angeles County’s traffic ticket collection agency, from any further photo ticket collection activities on behalf the City.

In addition, it is important to note that the City is clearly aware of a simple remedy to promote safety at red light intersections.  By increasing the time interval of the yellow lights for an additional one second and by delaying the green light for cross-traffic for an additional one second, a significant reduction in accidents and traffic conflicts will result.  

The City's Department of Transportation traffic engineers have the experience to do this, if the political will exists to make these easy changes for the safety of the motoring public.

Note: Councilman Paul Koretz offered a motion on June 21 asking the Department of Transportation to determine appropriate changes in yellow and red light camera times to improve safety. Council File Number: 11-1015.

(Sherman M. Ellison is a California trial attorney whose practice is almost exclusively traffic ticket defense. Ellison testified before the Los Angeles City Council on the controversial Photo Red Light Program in April, 2011 and is a regular contributor to numerous radio, television and print media outlets. He is widely considered the pre-eminent legal authority on traffic ticket defense in California. He can be reached at: www.ShermanEllison.com )   Photo credit: LA Times          -cw

Tags: red light photo tickets, red light, amnesty, traffic tickets, City Council, fines, Los Angeles County, GC Services, photo tickets






CityWatch
Vol 9 Issue 61
Pub: Aug 2, 2011

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